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Ortakoy, Istanbul

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An artsy neighborhood under the first Bosporus bridge, Ortakoy offers trendy boutiques, seaside nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, and many historical monuments. This small fishing village literally "in the middle" of the European Bosporus became a cosmopolitan area during the reign of the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The communities of Turks, Greeks, Armenians, and Jews all left their mark on the neighborhood, which features historical baths, palaces, mansions, mosques, a church, and a synagogue. Stop for refreshment at one of the tea terraces overlooking the strait. Do not miss the Ortaköy Mosque, a late example of Istanbul's imperial mosques, and the Çırağan Palace, which houses one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Istanbul holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ortakoy and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A wonderful place to see! In my opinion, it reaches the top 3 of the most beautiful places in Istanbul. The view over the Bosphorus is truly magical, mostly at night. 
    A wonderful place to see! In my opinion, it reaches the top 3 of the most beautiful places in Istanbul. The view over the Bosphorus is truly magical, mostly at night.  more »
  • Love this area in Istanbul. Take a bus from Taksim Square which takes around 45 minutes. Traffic can be bad especially in the rush hour and on weekends. The area is all about atmosphere! Filled... 
    Love this area in Istanbul. Take a bus from Taksim Square which takes around 45 minutes. Traffic can be bad especially in the rush hour and on weekends. The area is all about atmosphere! Filled...  more »

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